#BlogTour! #BookReview of 336 Hours by Rachel Cathan (@rachelcathan) @brookcottagebks

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‘Based on the author’s true life experiences, 336 Hours is a humorous and poignant diary
about one woman’s quest to be a mother.’

Release Date: 13th February 2017
Publisher: SilverWood Books

The next 336 hours will be tough. No, the next 336 hours will be really tough…
I feel like an Olympian, waiting to see whether the years of hard work, sacrifice and dedication are finally going to pay off, or whether my body is about to fail me at the last hurdle and make me wonder why I ever hoped I could win. My best friend is pregnant, my single friends are planning their pregnancies and, after five long years of tests and investigations, I’m coming to the end of my third – and supposedly final – IVF treatment.

There are 336 hours to survive before I’ll know if I get to join the motherhood club. That’s 224 waking hours of pure psychological torture. 112 sleeping hours to stare at the ceiling and wonder, what the hell am I going to do with my life if it turns out I can’t have kids?
Based on the author’s true life experiences, 336 Hours is a humorous and poignant diary about one woman’s quest to be a mother.

What does TWG think?

My first impression of the book was ‘look at that pineapple’! Not only is there a pineapple on the front of the cover, it is also situated on the lady’s head….with a clock inside. A rather intriguing and quirky book cover for such an eye-opening novel!

‘336 Hours’ is based on the authors own personal struggles with fertility, a subject that is far more common than people realise. There’s struggling with fertility as in taking longer to fall pregnant naturally, and then there’s struggling with fertility and opting to go down the IVF route in order to have your own special bundle. Two completely different journeys with one thing in common; fertility. Unless we have issues conceiving ourselves, nobody truly knows the emotional journey females (and their partners) endure to try to complete their family. But, thanks to Rachel Cathan, a lot of people are about to become more aware of IVF and how infertility isn’t just being unable to fall pregnant.

Personally, I can resonate with little pieces of this novel (and the topic) due to having issues myself. As a female, we are put on this Earth to procreate and when it doesn’t just ‘happen’, we blame ourselves for being unable to do what we were made to do. Rachel Cathan has laid it all bare in ‘336 Hours’; delving deeper into the day-to-day emotions in between treatments with such honesty and oh so dry humour. The main character in the novel has a HUGE black cloud over her head consisting of 336 hours and wondering whether she will ever become a mother once those 336 hours have passed.

The honesty that poured out of the book was enough to fill a swimming pool, and some. Rachel Cathan has written such a tongue in cheek, humourous account on a real life situation that will either make you, or break you. She explores the feelings of jealously, other parents moaning about their children and even people close to her falling pregnant. Most importantly, the author doesn’t pussy foot around the full on treatments, symptoms, arguments with partners; she pretty much black and whites it as if to say; ‘this is REAL’. Because it is. Rachel Cathan’s book is real life, and extremely poignant. I really do hope that a lot of people in a similar position find comfort in Rachel’s words. I also hope that Rachel’s words are an eye opener to those who diss IVF and fob infertility issues off like a cold.

A brave, gritty and powerful read, 336 Hours is a diary full of life, heartache and learning to smile when all you want to do is cry. Such an eye opener.

Thank you BrookCottageBks.

Buy: Amazon UK // Amazon US // Silverwood Books

Extract.

They should have IVF farms for women like me to book into at times like these; pretty padded cells with flat-screen TVs and row upon row of feel-good DVDs and relaxation CDs, and beautiful gardens and luxury bathrooms with hot taps that would never heat up to embryo boiling temperatures, and gigantic rocking chairs so that we could legitimately sit and rock ourselves backwards and forwards for hours on end without looking completely crazy in the process.

About the author.

RACHEL CATHAN is a writer from Bedfordshire. In 2001, a mutual friend introduced her to a part-time pub DJ in Southend-on- Sea. A month later, they had moved in together, around seven years later they tied the knot, and a little while after that – just like so many couples before them – they made the exciting and terrifying decision to start a family. And then, like a growing number of couples today, well…not a lot happened.
Throughout the subsequent years of fertility investigations and failed treatments, Rachel kept a diary of her experiences, and it’s from these first- hand encounters in the world of infertility and IVF that her first book, 336 Hours has been adapted.


Author links: Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads Author Page // Blog // Website

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#BlogTour! #Review – True Colours by @EllyRedding #Extract #Giveaway @brookcottagebks

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TWG would like to give a warm welcome to Elly Redding and her debut novel, True Colours, as this is the FIRST time Elly has appeared on TWG! How exciting! Well, this visit is an indirect one via her book, but that still counts though, right? To help me on my stop today I am joined by an enticing EXTRACT, giddy GIVEAWAY and of course my RAVISHING review; can’t complain with that!

To tickle your tastebuds, lets kick off with an extract of True Colours by Elly Redding, which is available to buy right now (links below):

“Go away,” she shouted frantically reassessing her options.
“I don’t really think you’re in a position to make demands, do you, trapped as you are?
Unless, of course, you’re thinking of taking up abseiling. In which case, may I advise restraint? You’re on the fourth floor. You’re afraid of heights and I’m not standing in the right place to catch you.”
Good. It would ruin the whole point of the exercise if he was. She didn’t tell him that though. Instead she suggested he make an appointment, that if he wanted to see her, he should do what everyone else did.
“But I’m not everyone else, am I? I’m the guy who’s still considering suing you for breach of contract.”
“Contract – what contract?”
“Your promise to marry me.”
“You bastard.” It was the first thing she could think of to say, but she thought it summed up the situation perfectly. “In which case, may I suggest you contact my lawyer? I think you’ll find I’ve a very strong case for a counter claim. Or has something conveniently slipped your memory? Let me give you a clue. She had an amazing pair of breasts.”

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Blurb.

Could you ever trust again – the man who broke your heart?

Kate Fenton thought she’d got the answer to that question all neatly sewn up. Ever since she went to Saul Preston’s London art gallery, a month before their wedding, and found him with his assistant – who looked as if she was in the middle of a game of strip poker.
Now, three years later, she’s no longer so sure. Saul’s back in her life with a new proposition – accompany him on a trip to Majorca as his interpreter. It’s an offer Kate can’t refuse, even though she knows she should. Successful and rich, he’s just the sort of client her translation company is trying to attract – even if he is her two-timing ex!
Saul’s never gone in for second chances. He’s never had the time, but he knows exactly what he’s doing when he suggests the trip to Kate. As gorgeous and infuriatingly easy to fall for as ever, he’s determined to rekindle their past. And he’s only got 3 days to do it…

What does TWG think?

‘True Colours’ could not have come at a better time. I had finished a book the night before and I was starting a brand new day with a brand new book. The thing was, I felt like utter shizmanizzle thanks to illnesses and I need to read a book that just let me…be. A book where no PHD or Oxford dictionary is needed. A book that literally does the talking for you and lets you soak up the storyline like a sponge; effortlessly. Just like Elly Redding’s ‘True Colours’.

Kate Fenton runs her own company which, of course, is brilliant. The not so brilliant thing is that her ex, Saul Preston, wants to hire her company for a job abroad. Sorry, sorry, not her company; her. Probably not the most daring thing for an ex to ask you to do, but it’s a BIT random considering they haven’t had any dealings with each other for many years and Kate isn’t exactly his number one fan after the whole gallery, breasts debacle.

I took to Kate’s character straight away as she is so energetic, rather naive yet such a warm character. Definitely one of a kind and most certainly relatable. After all, we have all hidden from our exes before, right?
The relationship that Saul and Kate have is a teensy bit predictable and it’s clear that they have some unresolved issues to try to move on from. I worked out where the storyline was heading, but, even though that part of the storyline was semi clear, it was all of the situations in between that surprised me the most.

Even though the predictability factor was there, it was still hidden under a mist of secrecy. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t find a way of working out how to clear that mist. Well, except reading it of course, but you know what I mean. There seemed to be something that was being left unsaid but there were no clear pointers as to what it was; I LOVED that. I was hooked by the storyline anyway, but the added something something was such a genius addition. For me, that addition turned an otherwise predictable relationship into an unpredictable situation of sheer uniqueness and promise. It was different, it was quirky, it was humorous and it even brought a little warmth to my cheeks if you catch my drift!

. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, so much in fact that I read it in a couple of hours!
‘True Colours’ is THE ideal book to read if you just need to detach yourself from monotonous daily life and black and white personalities. Cleverly written with relatable and humorous situations, Elly Redding is an exciting author to watch for 2017. Never mind having a black and white personality when you can show your True Colours and live a little; just like Kate.

Thank you BrookCottageBooks & Elly.

Buy links:

Amazon UK // Amazon US

About the author.

Elly Redding was born in London but now lives in Bedfordshire with her husband.
Having originally written screenplays, her first novel, ‘True Colours’, won the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award in 2014.
She enjoys tap dancing and watching the waves, although not necessarily at the same time!
She keeps in touch with her readers on Twitter – @ellyredding, and Facebook –
Website: ellyredding.com

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#Tour! #Review – A Little Luck, A Lot of Faith by @LinnBHalton @Brookcottagebks @ChocLituk

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Linn.B.Halton returns to TWG with her newest novel; A Little Luck, A Lot of Faith, published by Choc Lit UK in 2016. Linn first appeared on TWG with her previous novel, you can find my review for that one here:  Blog Tour! ‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ by Linn B Halton (@LinnBHalton) @BrookCottagebks.
I hope you enjoy my review for this book! Keep your eye out for a fab giveaway further down the page too!

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Blurb.

When destiny calls, you need to pick up …

On the surface, Kristi Danielson has it all. She’s lifestyle coach to the rich and famous, has a bestselling book to her name and is described by her fans as “the veritable Queen of how to lead a fulfilling life”. But the harsh truth is that Kristi has never practiced what she preaches. Her home life is a mess, her relationship with artist boyfriend, Tom, not much better – and now she has to
redeem herself before all is lost.

At her wit’s end, Kristi is driven to seek out the help of Patrick Blakeslee, a tarot card reader and psychic medium, in an attempt to make sense of the mounting panic she’s feeling. But Patrick’s visits have an unexpected effect on Kristi, leaving her with more questions than answers – and a life-changing decision to make.

What does TWG think?

Having LOVED Linn’s previous novel; A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love, I had really high hopes for ‘A Little Luck, A Lot of Faith’, and I couldn’t wait to get stuck into it.

When we offer advice to others, the chances of us actually listening to our own advice is probably slim to none. We can help other people with their demons but as soon as our own demon comes knocking, we ignore our own advice and pretend the demon is really…chocolate (well I do, ahem). Luckily, it’s not just us readers that are like that! Take Kristi for example, a life coach who is at the top of her game when it comes to her career and offering life advice, yet when it comes to her OWN life and personal relationships, coaching herself isn’t top of her agenda.

I really, really wanted to fall in love with this book straight away; but for the first chapter or two, I couldn’t warm to it in a way I had hoped I would. I decided to put the book down to go and do something else for ten minutes, ensuring that I came back to the book fresh eyed. Well, that was the theory anyway. However after a mere few minutes, curiosity got the better of me and I found myself wondering what Kristi was up to, whether she was okay or whether Tom grown a pair yet. It turns out that I had warmed to the book and the storyline, it was just in a completely different way than before! From the moment the book was back in my hands, it stayed there until the words ‘The End’ appeared.

The issues that Kristi faced were exceptionally heart-warming and very relatable. In a matter of paragraphs she seemed to go from an icy character, to a character with a little naivety, and a lot of heart (see what I did there?). We were able to see a completely different side of her as a person, once she opened her eyes to her surroundings (and Tom). When the storyline introduced the psychic medium I really didn’t know what to think as I hadn’t really been in a position to think about, never had the need to. However, having never been involved with psychics in my own life, I couldn’t really form an opinion on the subject having never been in contact with it. That said, I loved absorbing the quirky topic and seeing how it fit in to Kristi’s life. Definitely opened my eyes to multiple possibilities, never say never!

As Linn has shown in the two novels that I have read of hers; her writing skill is one which oozes consistency and warmth. Despite the fact that Linn has written books about completely different situations, she still managed to hold my attention during the book and let her words do the talking without me feeling as though something was missing. A Little Luck, A Lot of Faith is definitely a book to curl up on the sofa with and just let Linn’s enchanting words pull you into the magic that is the story.

Linn.B.Halton is the type of author whose novels shout cosy and warm. I wish I could put my finger on exactly what it is that moves me about Linn and her novels, but I cannot put it into words. All I know is that if I need a hug or if I need to feel calm, I am confident to put my trust into Linn.B.Halton’s books to get just that.

If you haven’t read any of Linn.B.Halton’s books yet, you’re severely missing out.

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EXCERPT

I’m the middle child, sandwiched between my eldest brother, Luke, and the baby of the
family, Drew. My mother had three brothers and so, as the only two daughters in two
generations, we were always in the minority. That rather tends to shape the way you look at things and there are only two ways it can go. Either you are the one whose voice is seldom heard above the sea of testosterone around you, or you make yours the loudest voice of them all. You become the organiser; the one who leads – in short, my brothers accepted that I was in charge. Maybe it was because I had inherited the bossy gene, if such a thing exists. But, from a tender age, what I lacked in practical knowledge, I made up for with sheer common sense and the dubious ability to be believable.
I say dubious, because I learnt that I had the power to organise and control what went on
around me. I was a natural. What surprised me was the fact that people around me loved
being told what to do. They sought my advice, opening up to me and looking for guidance at every step of the way. As a teenager I felt I had a heady power and it gave me a sense of
confidence. At the time I didn’t understand that it was something to be treated with respect and a healthy dose of reality.

People simply lapped-up what I told them and that, I suppose,

was the blessing that has become a curse. When people are unsure about what to do next they look around for someone strong to advise them. In their desperation they are grateful and comforted and the person delivering the advice? Well, it’s addictive and each little success elevates you in their eyes, as well as in your own. The truth is that I am supremely confident when it comes to organising other people’s lives. I’m extremely proud of the fact that I can inspire others and encourage them to develop their full potential. When it comes to my own life, it’s held together with the emotional equivalent of string and Blu-tack. Simply put, I’m a fraud. Money and fame go hand-in- hand and there isn’t a chat show worth mentioning that hasn’t featured me at some point in the last few years. My name constantly crops up around the world and even in countries like the US, Japan, and Sweden, it’s instantly recognisable. Grab Life and Run With It is in its fourth season in the UK and I’ve just signed a contract for a further six episodes. My fan club is full of hopeful people, eager to share each of their milestones on Twitter, as they follow my celebrated Twelve Steps to Finding YOU plan.

To the world it appears I have all of the trappings of success. The harsh reality is that I
spend my time trying to cover the tracks of a life that has no balance. All I have is my work –
there is nothing else.

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About the author.

Bristol-born Linn B Halton lives on the edge of the small market town of Cinderford, in the Forest of  Dean, in the UK.
“I’m a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of strong coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, writing … and house renovation! Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache”
An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Under The Stars also became a best-seller in November 2016. Linn’s novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.
Linn writes chick lit, women’s contemporary fiction and psychic romance for Choc Lit, Harper Impulse and Endeavour Press.

#Promo! His Kidnappers Shoes by Maggie James (@mjamesfiction) @brookcottagebks

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Genre: Psychological suspense
Release Date: 15 November 2016 (republication)
Publisher: Lake Union

Daniel is my son. He has always been mine. And he always will be.
On some level deep inside, Laura Bateman knows something is wrong. That her relationship with her son is not what it should be. That it is based on lies.
But bad things have happened to Laura. Things that change a person. Forever.
For 26-year- old Daniel, the discovery that his mother is not whom he thought comes close to destroying him. As his world turns upside-down, he searches for sanity in the madness that has become his life. But he is left with nothing but questions. Why did Laura do something so terrible?
Can he move past the demons of his childhood?
And the biggest question of all: can he ever forgive Laura?

Click HERE to buy the book!

About the author.

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense
novels. Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!


#Promo! Saved by the firefighter by Rachel Brimble (@RachelBrimble) @BrookCottagebks

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EXTRACT

 

The security alarm chimed. Someone had stepped inside the studio. Exhaling a
heavy breath, Izzy pulled back her shoulders, lifted her head and forced a smile.
“Hi, how can I…” Her heart stopped. Trent Palmer stood just inside the door. “Why
are you here?”
His dark green gaze bored relentlessly into hers, his strong jaw set as he reached
behind him and shut the door. “I came by to see how you’re doing.”
Traitorous attraction skittered over the surface of her skin before Izzy turned and
strode toward the corner she used for staging portrait shots. The fluffy bunnies, huge
furry dice and toys she’d used to relax a toddler earlier now felt macabre.
She spun around, clutching a teddy bear. “The same as I was doing yesterday and
the day before. I told you I don’t want to see you. I don’t ever want to see you. Why

do you keep coming back?”

 

He came closer, his gaze locked on hers. “You have to talk to me. I was Robbie’s
friend. There was nothing—”
“You could do. Fine. I get it, but why do you feel the need to keep coming in here
and checking up on me? What do you want me to do? Dance in the street? Kick up
my heels at the fairground? God, just leave me alone.”
“There’s a beach party tonight. I want you to come with me.”
She stared. Why him? Why would a man she really liked—a damn
firefighter—have to pursue her like she was someone worth pursuing? “No.”
He looked at the equipment covering the desk alongside him. He lifted and
replaced a camera, the hunch of his wide shoulders indicating his discomfort. Izzy

hated that she drew no satisfaction from that…only sadness.

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How can she forgive him for what he didn’t do? 
Photographer Izzy Cooper feels as frozen as her pictures. Trent Palmer might be the
hottest firefighter in Templeton Cove, but she can never face him again. Not after he
failed to save her brother. But when they’re forced together by a calendar shoot, the
sparks between them are undeniable. 
Izzy knows it’s not fair to blame Trent for the tragedy, but opening herself up to loss
again isn’t something she’s prepared to do, no matter how determined Trent is to show her that pain is part of life and that love—their love—can make any suffering

bearable.

 

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About the author.

 

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath
in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured
agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had six books published by
Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and recently signed a contract
for two more. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of
America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You
Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a
book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to
live is Bourton-on- the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow
romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

Rachel’s links:

Facebook | Facebook Street Team | Twitter | Goodreads author page. | Blog | Website

#Extract of New Blood by Lorna Peel (@PeelLorna) @BrookCottagebks #giveaway

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Extract.

Closing the bedroom door, she saw Heaton crossing the stable yard. It was the first time shehad seen him dressed in anything but a suit and she stopped and stared. He was wearing a brown wax jacket with a bottle green jumper underneath, khaki combat-style trousers similar to her own and brown walking boots. She sighed and shook her head. It looked as though he was one of those men who looked fabulous in everything they wore. She reached for her mobile phone, pulled on a waterproof jacket, and grabbed her car keys before going downstairs to join him.

“You’ll have to move the seat back,” she said as she unlocked the Mini.
He got in and moved the passenger seat so far back that he might as well have been sitting
on the back seat. She looked around at him, couldn’t help herself, and laughed.
“Sorry. I wanted something small and cheap to run.”
He pulled a comical expression. “I was looking to see if you had a sunroof that I could stick
my head through. Maybe we should go in the Land Rover?” She nodded and he got out. “I’ll
just get the keys from Des.”
She got out, locked the car, and saw him emerge from Des’ office. The two of them crossed
the stable yard to the huge Land Rover.
“You’ll have to give me directions to where we start from,” he said as they got in.
“I will.”
Twenty minutes later, he pulled in at a small car park. “I haven’t been up here for years. You
don’t walk too fast, do you?”
“No. There are two routes we can take. Up to what I call the big rock, which is eight
kilometres there and back. Or up to the stone circle, which is five. Maybe five would be
enough for today?”
He smiled. “I think so.”
He locked the Land Rover, they climbed over the stile, and walked up onto the footpath
which ran through the heather.
“It’s lovely up here, isn’t it?” He halted after a few paces, hands on hips, and looked around
them.
“If you need to stop and catch your breath just say.”
“Thanks. I’m not very fit. Walking between my office and the house isn’t really enough.”
They set off again at a slower pace.
“Where did you go to university?” she asked.
“Cambridge. The Heatons have always gone there. I was halfway through my final year
when I learned that my father had cancer. I still have no idea how I got through my finals.
The last time I saw him, he didn’t know who I was, so I do understand what it’s like.
Unfortunately, he had run the estate like there was no tomorrow. I went into his study the
day after the funeral and found drawers full of bills, invoices, and tax demands. Some went
back years. It took years to pay all the creditors and the tax bill was astronomical. I’m still
struggling to make ends meet and when the idea was put forward of opening the house up to
coach tour parties, well, you saw what I was like. I apologise if I was rude to you. It’s no
excuse, but I had to go to a funeral that day and I loathe funerals.”
“I hate funerals, too, and I wouldn’t like complete strangers traipsing through my home so I
can sympathise. But there are tours booked for the next three months and Lady Heaton is
scheduling additional daily tours because so many coach tour operators want to add the
abbey to their list of stops. The way things are going, the abbey will soon have tours all year
round.”

He nodded. “I know, but I am not dressing up as a monk or in a suit of armour for anyone.”
She laughed. “What do people say to you when they ask what you do for a living?”
“When people find out I have a title it is a bit of a conversation killer. I think some people
have this idea that lords are all at least fifty, frequent gentleman’s clubs, and hunt, shoot and
fish. I do none of those things. I was twenty-two when I inherited the title; I’ve been working
to keep the place afloat ever since and I don’t want anything to spoil that.”
“It seems to be working, though.”
“Yes,” he agreed. “Just about.”
“Mum and Dad remember when you went down the mine instead of your father when he
became claustrophobic.”
“Really?” He gave her an incredulous frown. “Good God, I must have been only about twelve
or something. I wanted to go down with him but he wouldn’t let me. Then, when he had to
come back up I asked if I could go and he just waved his hand in agreement.”
“Mum said that you asked lots of very good questions and that Dad was impressed. That is a
huge compliment from my dad.”
“Were you ever down the mine?” he asked.
“No, I was never allowed, and it’s far too dangerous now. The nearest I got was the
museum. I’d liked to have satisfied my curiosity but I much prefer the open air.
Mum’s grandfather was killed in a pitfall and I think she always worried that the same would
happen to Dad. Now most of the time she thinks he’s dead.” She burst into tears. “Oh, God,
I’m sorry.”
“Come and sit down.” Taking her arm, he led her off the path. They sat down in the springy
heather and she wiped her eyes. “You have to cry, and let it all out,” he told her gently. “I’ve
lost count of the number of times I’ve locked myself in the library and just…”
He pulled a comical expression as she stared at him. It was hard to imagine him crying his
eyes out but who knows how he reacted when he left the library after learning that his real
mother was a complete stranger.

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Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 3 November 2016
Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing
Suitable for 18+

Sophia Nelson returns to her hometown in Yorkshire, England to begin a new job as
tour guide at Heaton Abbey House. There, she meets the reclusive Thomas, Baron
Heaton, a lonely workaholic.
Despite having a rule never to become involved with her boss, Sophia can’t deny
how she finds him incredibly attractive.
When she overhears the secret surrounding his parentage, she is torn. But is it the
attraction or the fear of opening a Pandora’s box that makes her keep quiet about it?
How long can she stay at the abbey knowing what she does?

Buy Links:

Universal Amazon Link: http://viewbook.at/NewBlood
Netgalley: https://s2.netgalley.com/catalog/book/96399

About the author.

Lorna Peel is an author of contemporary and historical romantic fiction.
Her debut novel, ONLY YOU, a contemporary celebrity romance set in London, England,
was published in 2014. INTO THE UNKNOWN, a World War Two romance set in London,
the south east of England, and Ireland, was published in 2015 and reached Amazon’s top 20 best sellers in 20th Century Historical Romance. THE IMAGE OF HER, a romantic suspense set in rural England about a woman’s search for her birth mother, was published in May 2016. NEW BLOOD, a romantic suspense set in a stately home in Yorkshire, England, will be published on 3 November 2016.
Lorna was born in England and lived in North Wales until her family moved to Ireland to
become farmers, which is a book in itself! She lives in rural Ireland, where she writes,
researches her family history, and grows fruit and vegetables. She also keeps chickens (and a Guinea Hen who now thinks she’s a chicken!).

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/LornaPeel

Blog: http://lornapeel.com/blog

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Blurb.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Silver Wood Books

“Parsons and tyrants friends take note. We have born your oppreshuns long enough.
We will have our parish rights or else Bloodie Bones will drink your blood.”
When Lord Oldfield encloses Barcombe Wood, depriving the people of their ancient
rights to gather food and fuel, the villagers retaliate with vandalism, arson and riot.
Then Lord Oldfield’s gamekeeper, Josh Castle, is murdered during a poaching raid.
Dan Foster, Bow Street Runner and amateur pugilist, is sent to investigate.
Dan’s job is to infiltrate the poaching gang and bring the killers to justice. But there’s
more to Castle’s death than at first sight appears. What is the secret of the
gamekeeper’s past and does it have any connection with his murder? What is Lord
Oldfield concealing? And did someone beside the poachers have a reason to want
Josh Castle dead?

As tensions in Barcombe build to a thrilling climax, Dan will need all his wits and his
fighting skills to stay alive and get to the truth.
Bloodie Bones is a finalist in the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016 (result to
be announced in September); was long listed for the M M Bennetts Award for
Historical Fiction 2016; and is approved by Awesome Indies.

BUY LINKS
Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery is available in paper back and as an
ebook.
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About the author.

Lucienne Boyce writes historical fiction and non fiction. After gaining an MA in
English Literature (with Distinction) with the Open University in 2007, specialising in
eighteenth-century fiction, she published her first historical novel, To The Fair Land
(SilverWood Books, 2012), an eighteenth-century thriller set in Bristol and the South
Seas. Her second novel, Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery (SilverWood Books,
2015) is the first of the Dan Foster Mysteries and follows the fortunes of a Bow
Street Runner who is also an amateur pugilist. Bloodie Bones was joint winner of the
Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016, and was also long listed for the M M
Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction 2016.

In 2013, Lucienne published The Bristol Suffragettes (SilverWood Books), a history
of the suffragette movement in Bristol and the west country. She regularly gives talks
and leads walks about the suffragettes. She has contributed articles to various
publications, and also appeared on television and radio in connection with both her
fiction and non-fiction work.

Lucienne has recently joined the team of Bristol Radio BCfm’s Silver Sound show as
a presenter. She is on the steering committee of the West of England and South
Wales Women’s History Network, and is also a member of the Friends of the
Women’s Library, the Historical Novel Society, the Society of Authors, and the
Alliance of Independent Authors.
Lucienne is currently working on the second of the Dan Foster Mysteries, and a
biography of a married couple who were involved in the suffragette, socialist and
pacifist movements. She was born in Wolverhampton and now lives in Bristol, which
is the setting and inspiration for much of her work.

Twitter: @LucienneWrite
Goodreads Author Page:

Giveaway!!

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To be in with a chance of winning a paperback copy of the book (open internationally), you can enter the giveaway right –>HERE<–

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#Blogtour! Occupying Love by Marilyn Chapman (@MarilynChapma77) @BrookCottagebks #promo

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EXTRACT

‘So you’ve met the handsome new rector, you lucky girl.’ Maggie’s eyes twinkled.
‘What did you think of him?’
‘He’s good looking, I’ll give you that. I gather you haven’t been introduced?’
‘I’ve had the odd glimpse since he replaced old man Ozanne, but believe me,
tongues are wagging. Some folks say he’s a double agent put here by the Jerries, and
that he daubed “V for Victory” on the prison walls. Isn’t it exciting?’
‘Exciting he may be,’ Lydia kept her voice casual, ‘but he’s not really my type.’
‘You mean you fancy him?’
‘I mean nothing of the sort, Maggie. He’s a rector, not a movie star – don’t you
think of anything but the opposite sex?’
‘Not very often, to be frank. I think of food, of course, seeing as there’s never
enough to go round, and going out after the curfew, and being able to buy whatever I
like in the shops. What else is there to occupy my mind?’
‘You could help with the Sunday school at Torteval. The lady who leads it has gone
to England.’
‘Me? Help with the Sunday school? You do make me laugh. There’s hardly any kids
left on the island and those that are here wouldn’t gain much from me. Or much that
would do them any good. I think all that book-learning’s gone to your brain. You
need to relax a bit more.’ Maggie winked. ‘There’s a picture on at the Regal tonight.
Do you want to come with me?’
Lydia pulled a face. ‘It’s German, with English subtitles. Are you still sure you
want to go?’
‘You never know who you might meet.’
‘Oh, Maggie – you really are a hopeless case.’

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Blurb.

With the Nazis poised to invade Guernsey in 1940, feisty student Lydia Le Page returns from England on the day the island is devastated by the first bombing of the war on British soil. Trapped on the German occupied island, two men enter Lydia’s life: Martin Martell, the handsome but mysterious rector and Major Otto Kruger, the ruthless German Kommandant who falls under her spell.
When Martin disappears, Lydia discovers a secret from her past that threatens her future.
Will she be able to keep it from the enemy? And will she choose love or duty?
Occupying Love is a story of love, loss and the identity that makes us who we are.

Buy: Occupying Love | Baggy Pants and Bootees

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An ecopy of the book (open internationally)
A paperback copy of Baggy Pants and Bootes (UK only)


Enter here!

About the author.

I got my first break writing in a football magazine when I was 15 and have been writing ever since. An NCTJ qualified journalist, I spent my early years on the Blackpool Evening Gazette and Lytham St Annes Express in Lancashire. I then helped to set up a family PR and publishing company on the Fylde Coast and freelanced for national newspapers and
magazines, including Woman.
My debut novel Baggy Pants and Bootees was released as an e-book in February 2014 by a
small publishing house based in Britain and Germany. A time-slip novel set between World War Two and the ‘swinging sixties, it was published as a paperback in August 2014.
Born in Guernsey, I have always wanted to write a novel set in the Occupation of the Channel Islands, after hearing so many stories about life under German rule from my grandparents, whose home was requisitioned by the enemy. Occupying Love is the result.
After spending several years in the Midlands I now live in Lancashire with my husband of
45 years. We have two daughters and two granddaughters who we spend lots of time with.
A member of the Society of Authors and the Romantic Novelists’ Association I am currently working on a sequel to Baggy Pants and Bootees.

Author Links: Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Google +

Blog Tour! ‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ by Linn B Halton (@LinnBHalton) @BrookCottagebks

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Today it is my stop on the blog tour for Linn.B.Halton’s ‘ A Lot of Sugar, A Lot of Love’! There is also a giveaway at the end of the post, just incase you fancy your luck!

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Blurb.

Life isn’t all love and cupcakes …

Katie has had her fair share of bad luck, but when she finally realises her dream of opening a bakery it seems things can only get better. But the reality of running a business hits Katie hard and whilst her partner, Steve, tries to help she begins to sense that the situation is driving them further apart. Could Katie be set to lose her relationship and her dream job?

Then, one winter’s day, a man walks into her shop – and, in the space of that moment, the course of Katie’s life is changed. But nobody finds happiness in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it takes two Christmases, three birthdays and a whole lot of cake to get there …

Previously released as Sweet Occasions by the author. Revised and edited by Choc Lit December 2015.

What does TWG think?

Absolutely thrilled to be part of this blog tour, courtesy of Brook Cottage Books! I was rather intrigued by the cover of this book as it didn’t give a lot away and the title itself made me want to find out more.

‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ is set in a bakery; a bakery that is being run from the heart and not by the amount of money that goes into the till daily. Katie adores her bakery, but as her partner is a businessman, all he sees are figures, overheads and a business that lacks yeast and not rising as much as he wants it to. Unfortunately, it turns out that Katie may be being swayed into her partners way of thinking as she’s too afraid to say ‘no’. It’s funny what guilt can do isn’t it?

I must admit, I found Katie and Steve’s relationship quite an absurd one at first as I could tell something wasn’t sitting quite right, I just didn’t know what. The further into the storyline that I got, the much clearer that things became, but I still couldn’t work out what Steve’s motives were. If he had any that is!

I absolutely adored how the authors wonderful writing managed to embrace the warmth and heart of the bakery, just by the description used. I could smell the baking, I could see the wonderful cakes that were being decorated, and I could feel the heart and soul that oozed from the bakery walls. I am in awe at how Linn managed to create that feeling within her book. Absolutely outstanding.

There was a rather poignant part of the storyline which made me overcome with emotion. Obviously I can’t say too much about that part as I don’t want to give anything away, but wow, completely and utterly unexpected. It opened my eyes to many, many things; especially the powerful force behind true love itself.

As this was the first book of Linn.B.Halton’s that I have ever read, I reserved judgement as I had no idea what to expect or where the authors words would take me. It did not disappoint at all as it is a book that has stayed in my head since I finished reading it. If this book was a cake, it would be the most beautiful, multiple layered, complex and outstanding cake ever to be made. Never mind a little sugar; Linn’s book gave me a lot of sugar and a lot of love. Brilliant.

Thank you Brook Cottage Books!

A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn.B.Halton, published by Choc Lit, is available to buy now from:

Amazon UK E-Book
Amazon UK Paperback
Amazon US E-Book
Amazon US Paperback

GIVEAWAY! If you are feeling a little bit lucky, you can enter the giveaway here. Good luck!

About the author.

“I’m a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, and writing. Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache…”

An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Linn’s novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award. Linn writes chick lit, women’s contemporary fiction and psychic romance for Choc Lit, Harper Impulse and Endeavour Press.

Website/blog: http://linnbhalton.co.uk/

Twitter: @LinnBHalton FB: Linn B Halton Author

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Guest Post & Giveaway courtesy of author Jo Lambert (@JoLambertwriter) @BrookCottagebks

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Thrilled to be the stop on Jo Lambert’s blog tour today for Watercolours in the Rain! I am hosting a guest post from Jo where she talks about book covers and the importance of them! Not only that, there is also a fantastic giveaway too! Enjoy!

A COVER SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS – GETTING THE BOOK COVER RIGHT…

You’ve completed your book. It’s been edited and polished until it’s the best it can be. And now it’s all about the cover. In 2009 when I completed my first book When Tomorrow Comes I self-published with a company who organised the cover but gave me the freedom to choose my own design. Of course it was basic stuff, one photo to which they added the title and my name plus blurb and ISBN number on the back. The covers for my next two books were designed in the same way. It was only when I met up with a fellow author for lunch that the issue of branding was raised: creating covers whose style and format would instantly identify the books as mine. My colleague suggested I contact Jane Dixon Smith who had worked on her covers. Jane, I was to discover is a multi-talented individual who is not only a designer but a writer as well.

Before I contacted her I spent time thinking about how I wanted what was now a trilogy, to look. I liked the idea of having one of the main characters on each of the covers. With this in mind I contacted her and although we were several hundred miles apart, everything went so smoothly it was if we were in the same room discussing options. She gave me some website addresses for royalty free images and I sent her samples of what I thought would work. The result was three covers which not only completely changed the look of my books but gave them a connection to me. Two covers for sequels followed. One – Between Today and Yesterday – became my favourite cover of all time. I absolutely loved the photo but it was black and white. I was about to dismiss it as a non-contender but Jane explained she could add colour. She did and this

amazingly atmospheric cover was born.

The five books became my Little Court Series, set in West Somerset. Once I felt the stories had run their course, I moved over the border into Devon for my next book. On this occasion I decided new project , new designer. I wanted this book (or as it turned out, two books) to look slightly different. This time I chose my good friend designer Cathy Helms, who lives in the States, to design the cover for Summer Moved On. I trawled the royalty free photo sites and came up with the picture of the girl holding the poppy and the result was exactly what I wanted. My new novel, Watercolours in the Rain, saw me returning to Jane and her design beautifully mirrored Cathy’s for this, the sequel.

So what are my thoughts on covers? Well as far as I’m concerned, they are every bit as important as the book itself. They are the shop window for your work, the advertisement that says to readers ‘Come in, take a look.’ Of course if you are with a publisher you will automatically have a support team behind you for this. However, speaking as an indie author, I feel as it takes a whole lot of hard work to produce a book, why cut corners? Cover designers are a fraction of the cost of a good editor. You’ve spent money on getting the contents professionally polished, why skimp on something as important as the cover? And believe me, there’s a great deal of difference between DIY and using a professional.

In a very competitive market if you hope to sell (which is what all that hard work and burning the midnight oil has been about) your book needs to be given the best chance to succeed, doesn’t it?

I think a lot of us will be agreeing with Jo’s thoughts on book covers, I know that I agree with them. I do get enticed by a book based on the cover, they are so important! And Jo, your cover is beautiful!

How do you fancy a chance of winning some prizes?

The 1st prize is this beautiful necklace!
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The 2nd prize is 2 e-book copies of Jo’s book, and it is also open internationally too!

If you fancy either of those prizes, click on the following link to get yourself in with a chance! Good luck!
Enter the giveaway!

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Blurb.

What happens to the future when past and present collide?

JESS: Six years ago Jess’s relationship with Talún Hansen was torn apart by one
night of deception. He disappeared from Lynbrook village and she headed for
university vowing never to let anyone break her heart again. Now a teacher, Jess
returns from holiday to an unexpected phone call and life changing news which will
eventually bring her back home once more.

TALUN: Six years on Talún Hawkeswood, as he is now known, is heir to his
grandfather’s Norfolk farming empire. When he hears of trouble in the village due to
Lynbrook Hall being put up for sale, going back is the last thing on his mind. But
staying away is not an option either, not when someone he owes so much to is about
to lose their home and their livelihood.

LILY: Splitting with her husband after her son Josh’s birth, Lily now works as part of
an estate agency sales team.  She has always held onto her dream of finding a wealthy
husband and a life of self-indulgence. When the sale of an important property brings
her face to face with Talún once more, she realises despite the risks involved, the
night they spent together six years ago may be the key to making those dreams come
true.

As Jess, Talún and Lily return to Lynbrook and the truth about what happened that
summer is gradually revealed, Talun finds himself in an impossible situation. Still in
love with Jess he is tied into to a trade off with Lily: his name and the lifestyle she
craves in exchange for his son. And when a child is involved there is only one choice
he can make…

Buy the book.

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About the author.

Born and raised in rural Wiltshire, Jo Lambert grew up with a love of books and a vivid imagination. As a child she enjoyed creating her own adventure stories similar to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. Writing always stayed with her, but college, work and eventually marriage found it was kept very much in the background. However in 2009 she finally had her first novel – When Tomorrow Comes – published. Three other connected books – Love Lies and Promises, The Ghost of You and Me and Between Today and Yesterday followed. They became collectively known as the Little Court Series.

In 2013 she decided to give up full time work to concentrate fully on her writing. Two other books have been written since – The Other Side of Morning which is the final book of the Little Court Series and Summer Moved On, a love story set in South Devon. Jo is about to publish, Watercolours in the Rain, and plans to begin work on her new book in early November 2016. She describes her writing style as drama driven romance. Jo is married and lives in a village on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. She loves travel, red wine, rock music and has a passion